first_imgPexels / PixabayWEST ELLICOTT – Two area schools have returned to remote learning today after new positive cases of COVID-19 are impacting the district.Southwestern Central School and the Bemus Point Central School Districts both changed their operations on Friday.Southwestern High School officials say a positive case lead to multiple possible contacts. They say parents will be notified if their child is impacted and asked to quarantine.In the Bemus Point District, a transportation employee tested positive, with all transportation staff identified as close contacts. They have since been placed in quarantine. Bemus Point Central School will remain remote due to the lack of school buses until January 19. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Comments Joe Alexander refused to make it easy. In the driveway of his Ontario home, he spent hours playing games of 21 with his daughter, Kayla, trying to build up her basketball acumen. The 6-foot-5 former Niagara forward challenged her as if she had been playing the sport as long as he had. If she was going to win, she was going to have to beat her father without the benefit of any intentionally missed shots. ‘What I tried to get across to her was the mental aspect,’ Joe Alexander said. ‘The understanding that you were going to have to compete for everything.’ That driveway hoop was the site of the beginning of Kayla Alexander’s basketball career, but it was also the place of countless defeats. She could rarely beat her father, but each one of those losses built up her mental toughness. On the occasions that she did win, her confidence soared. Unlike her defeats to her father in 21, Alexander has rarely failed during her time at SU. She has transformed from a raw, lanky freshman to a strong junior center who was a 2011 All-Big East First-Team selection last season. Now, on an Orange team determined to break out of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and fight its way toward receiving an NCAA tournament berth, Alexander’s production in the frontcourt on both offense and defense is going to be key. From her freshman to sophomore season, Alexander scored four more points per game to average just less than 15 per game. She gathered in 69 more rebounds last season and also had 22 more blocks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text She and forward Iasia Hemingway were the focal points of opposing teams’ defenses all season long. SU forced the ball inside where Alexander could score through a variety of post moves or be fouled. She’s a 76.6 percent free-throw shooter. ‘I think she’s taken more of a leadership role of just demanding the basketball,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘I think as she catches it and as she scores, that’s as good as we are.’ From a driveway in Canada to the go-to scorer for Syracuse, Alexander has come a long way. She didn’t start playing basketball until she was 13 years old. Joe Alexander said he never tried to get his daughter involved in the sport because he never thought Alexander had any interest. So it came as a surprise when she came home one day and told him she was trying out for Canada’s version of an AAU team. Alexander had the size and some general understanding of the game, but Joe Alexander saw how much improvement she needed. The former college player’s genes passed down the physical attributes Alexander would need — mainly her height — but not the natural basketball ability. Alexander’s follow-through was nearly nonexistent. Her strength needed to be built up or else ‘she didn’t have a prayer’ at making a shot while opponents were making contact. The ball would go flying as soon as it left her hand, Joe Alexander said. ‘It was quite obvious that she lacked the skill,’ he said. ‘She lacked the overall basketball knowledge.’ What Alexander lacked in natural ability, though, she made up for with an unmatched work ethic. When the coaches in Canada taught her something new, whether it was on the court or in the weight room, Alexander spent time on her own after practice working on it. After many of her team’s practices, Joe Alexander would arrive at the gym and shoot around with his daughter. He constantly implored Alexander to bend her knees to give the ball more of a push so it gets to the basket. He made sure her release point was nearly perfect. When Alexander was playing for the Canadian national team, the coach told her father she was the hardest-working player. ‘As she progressed, she had something her dad didn’t have,’ Joe Alexander said. ‘I was a little different. Things came naturally, so I didn’t work hard. She has this unbelievable work ethic.’ Alexander was a fairly unknown recruit out of Canada. Not necessarily a blue-chip prospect, Alexander had an impressive high school career, including a national championship with Team Ontario in 2008. And she also played on the Under-18 Canadian National Team that same year. She received recruiting letters from several schools, and one day while sifting through to find a couple to respond to, the one from Syracuse stood out. Of all the offers, playing at Syracuse had the combination of athletics and academics she was searching for.  Most of all, she trusted the coaches. And so did her father. He didn’t want anyone to tell her she’d be guaranteed playing time, but instead wanted coaches to tell Alexander she was going to have to earn it. ‘I was looking through different letters I got from various coaches, and I just called (associate head) coach (Matt) Luneau,’ Alexander said. ‘He and my dad got a conversation going. We got good relationships with the coaches. They’re good people, which is important to me.’ Even now, years removed from the days of having to work in the Ontario high school gyms and in her driveway, Alexander can still list what she needs to improve. The work ethic that earned her a starting spot in the Orange lineup hasn’t waned. That includes everything from getting faster on the court to committing fewer fouls. Joe Alexander said his daughter’s strength has been built up tremendously with the help of Ryan Cabiles, SU’s director of strength and conditioning, but it is still an ‘ongoing process.’ ‘You can always learn something new,’ Alexander said. ‘You’re never going to be perfect. Wherever you are, you always want to boost it up and improve yourself. I think every year, there’s always something to improve on.’ Instead of battling her father, Alexander now takes on SU’s backup center Shakeya Leary in practice every day. It’s a matchup between two dynamic centers who match each other’s competitiveness. Hillsman allows his centers to play physically in practice, rarely calling fouls to help build toughness and strength for Big East conference games. And it’s Leary’s presence that allows Alexander to keep developing. ‘She’s just willing to work to get better every day,’ Leary said. ‘She has that mentality and that’s what makes her a real great player.’ As Alexander’s strength and skill have advanced, her confidence on the floor has also gone to the next level. Her father, coaches and teammates have watched the progression. And this season, the Orange will continue to reap the benefits.  ‘She’s going to do a lot this year,’ Hemingway said. ‘She’s going to make us a great team.’ [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s showdown against the Sixers.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session. DeMarcus Cousins preps for first home game. In 13 career games at Oracle Arena, DeMarcus Cousins always has been a visitor. That will change Thursday when the Warriors face the Philadelphia 76ers in Oakland, Cousins has played five games for the Warriors since returning from his 11-month injury rehab, but all of them have …last_img read more

first_imgA industria automovel na África do Sul e um motor global a turbo para o fabrico e exportaçao de veiculos e componentes. O sector exporta cerca de 10% do que fabrica, fazendo dela uma parte crucial da economia da África do Sul.Com uma produçao anual de 535.000 veiculos em 2007, que se estima chegue aos 630.000 em 2008, a África do Sul pode ser considerada como um contribuinte menor para o fabrico de automoveis no mundo, que chegou aos 73 milhoes de unidades em 2007.Mas localmente o sector automovel e um gigante, contribuindo com 7,5% do PIB (Produto Interno Bruto) e empregando 36.000 pessoas.O governo classificou a industria automovel como um sector chave em crescimento, com perspectivas de aumentar o fabrico de automoveis para 1,2 milhoes de unidades ate 2020, ao mesmo tempo que se cre ira aumentar tambem a participaçao local.CrescimentoInvestimentoFord, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, VW …Programa de desenvolvimento para a industria automovelVantagens competitivasFabricantes de peças e componentes autoMimados por tanta escolhaCrescimentoA África do Sul tem sido um dos mercados mais bem sucedidos no mundo nos ultimos anos. Os valores de vendas de novos veiculos subiram para recordes absolutos em tres anos consecutivos, entre 2004 e 2006. Em 2006 as vendas subiram 14,4% para um pouco menos de 650.000 unidades, gerando receitas na ordem dos 118,4 bilioes.As vendas baixaram 5,4% em 2007 e espera-se que continuem a descer em 2008 devido ao aumento das taxas de juro e dos preços em geral.Apesar disso, as previsoes de exportaçao devem continuar a manter a industria local com sinal positivo. As exportaçoes de veiculos rondaram as 170.000 unidades em 2007 e a NAAMSA – National Automobile Association of South Africa (Associaçao Automovel Nacional da África do Sul) estima que este valor suba para as 285.000 unidades em 2008. Um extraordinario crescimento, sobretudo se comparado com 1997, quando foram exportadas menos de 20.000 unidades.A África do Sul exporta actualmente veiculos para mais de 70 paises, especial o Japao (cerca de 29% do valor total de exportaçoes), Australia (20%), Reino Unido (12%) e EUA (11%). Entre os restantes destinos de exportaçao contam-se a Argelia, o Zimbabue e a Nigeria.InvestimentoTodos os principais fabricantes de automoveis estao representados na África do Sul, assim como oito dos dez principais fabricantes principais mundiais de peças e componentes e tres ou quatro dos maiores fabricantes de pneus. Muitas das principais empresas multinacionais usam os componentes sul africanos e montam os seus veiculos quer para o mercado local quer estrangeiro.Entre 2000 e 2006, o investimento industrial em termos de produçao e exportaçao quadruplicou, de 1,5 biliao para 6,2 bilioes de rands, antes de abrandar para 3 bilioes em 2007. Conta-se que o investimento em 2008 ronde os 4 bilioes de rands.A maior parte foi investimento externo, com as empresas mae dos fabricantes de automoveis locais a expandirem a sua operaçao e a aumentarem a sua capacidade de produçao, exportaçoes e infra-estruturas de apoio.Todos os grandes fabricantes no pais lançaram programas de exportaçao nos ultimos anos – o ultimo (em Janeiro de 2008) foi a Ford Motor Company da África do Sul.Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, VW …FordEm Janeiro de 2008, a Ford Motor Company da África do Sul anunciou planos de investimento de mais de 1,5 bilioes para expandir as suas operaçoes no pais, com vista a produçao do camiao pickup compacto da nova geraçao Ford com motor Puma a diesel.O braço local do gigante americano afirmou que este novo investimento teria inicio em 2009 e seria dividido entre a unidade de montagem de Silverton, Pretoria, e a unidade de motores em Struandale, Port Elizabeth, sendo a maioria dos carros fabricados para exportaçao.General MotorsA General Motors South Africa, com sede em Port Elizabeth, no Cabo Oriental, detem as marcas Chevrolet, Opel, Isuzu, Saab, Cadillac e Hummer. Em 2005 a empresa foi agraciada com um contrato a seis anos para montagem e exportaçao do Hummer H3, traduzindo-se num investimento de 100 milhoes de Dolares na sua unidade de Struandale.A GM South Africa esta a construir em 2008 um novo centro de conversao de distribuiçao, que vai custar varios milhoes de rands e vai investir mais 481 milhoes de rand, aumentando, equipando e melhorando as suas instalaçoes.Mercedes-BenzA Mercedes-Benz South Africa fabrica os veiculos Mercedes-Benz e Mitsubishi na sua unidade fabril de East London, no Cabo Oriental. A sede da empresa fica na provincia de Gauteng, de onde os Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Maybach, Mistisubishi Motors, Freightliner, Western Star e FUSO sao comercializados e financiados.A Mercedes-Benz SA despendeu recentemente 2 bilioes de rands a melhorar as suas instalaçoes fabris, produzindo actualmente veiculos com volante a direita e a esquerda para o seu ultimo modelo Classe-C, tanto para o mercado interno como externo.ToyotaA Toyota South Africa completou ultimamente um programa de cinco anos de modernizaçao e revitalizaçao que custou a volta de 2,4 bilioes de rands. A sua fabrica em Prospecton, a sul de Durban, e agora uma fabricas da Toyota tecnologicamente mais avançadas do mundo fora do Japao, com capacidade de produçao de 220.000 unidades por ano.Como fabrica de produçao global, a Toyota South África transformou-se de um simples fornecedor meramente local para uma base solida de exportaçao, fornecendo veiculos para a Europa e a África. A empresa, que exporta para mais de 40 paises, espera alcançar as 140.000 unidades para exportaçao em 2008, ou quase 60% do total das exportaçoes automoveis da África do Sul.VolkswagenA Volkswagen South Africa situa-se em Uitenhage, junto de Port Elizabeth, no Cabo Oriental. Em 2007 a empresa celebrou o seu 56º aniversario neste pais e 2,5 milhoes de veiculos saidos das suas linhas de montagem. É lider no mercado de veiculos de passageiros, responsavel por uma fatia de 21% das vendas de veiculos novos.Entre 2000 e 2008, a Volkswagen South Africa investiu perto de 6 bilioes de rands em novos modelos, uma nova unidade de pintura e uma nova fabrica de montagem de camioes e autocarros.Programa de desenvolvimento para a industria automovelO elemento catalisador para este crescimento fenomenal tem sido o Programa de Desenvolvimento para a Industria Automovel (MIDP – Motor Industry Development Programme) do governo. Introduzido em 1995, preve-se que continue, com desfasamento progressivo, ate 2012.O MIDP lançou as exportaçoes, permitindo aos fabricantes de automoveis nacionais incluirem os valores totais de exportaçoes nos seus montantes locais, podendo assim importar mercadorias do mesmo valor sem impostos. Isto fez com que os fabricantes de automoveis se concentrassem no fabrico de determinados veiculos ou componentes para exportaçao, importando embora outros modelos.O programa concede ainda um subsidio de produçao aos fabricantes de automoveis que investem em novas fabricas e equipamentos, devolvendo-lhes 20% do seu capital, na forma de creditos sobre direitos de importaçao, por um periodo de cinco anos.O governo preve introduzir um plano sucessor do MIDP, destinado a melhorar a cadeia de valor nacional. O novo programa, que perdurara ate 2020, focar-se-a em valor acrescentado sendo consistente com as obrigaçoes multilaterais da África do Sul. É provavel que tome a forma de um subsidio de produçao.O Ministerio do Comercio e da Industria afirmou que este novo programa de apoio se traduzira em mais emprego e numa sustentabilidade a longo prazo para a industria. O plano apoiara a produçao e o investimento que “pretendam atingir um volume minimo de saida para cada uma das plataformas de 50.000 unidades por ano ao longo de um periodo de tempo razoavel.”Vantagens competitivasA industria automovel da África do Sul oferece uma serie de vantagens competitivas ao investimento estrangeiro. Incluida esta a possibilidade de um custo imbativel a nivel mundial em volume curtos ou baixos, custos de ferramentas competitivos e um elevado nivel de flexibilizaçao no fabrico.A industria local tem ainda bons acessos ao hemisferio sul e aos restantes mercados africanos.A industria sul Africana detem algumas tecnologias unicas, como por exemplo os fechos de porta centralizados para veiculos fora de estrada ou recreativos, soldadura de aluminio para radiadores e a capacidade de criar componentes tais como filtros de ar e limpadores de sistemas de ar condicionado e ar compativeis com as mais altas temperaturas e niveis de po de África.Estas unidades de produçao de primeira categoria tem tambem acesso a varias materias primas e a electricidade barata, bem como a redes de transportes estaveis e boas telecomunicaçoes.O Centro para o Desenvolvimento da Industria Automovel e o centro de testes GEROTEC, perto de Pretoria, sao excelentes instalaçoes para investigaçao, design, testes e formaçao.Novas oportunidades de investimento estao a ser criadas para esta industria, com a introduçao de acordos comerciais de comercio livre com a Uniao Europeia e a SADC – Comunidade de Desenvolvimento Sul Africana e a Lei Norte-Americana para Oportunidades e Crescimento Africano.Fabricantes de peças e componentes autoExistem mais de 200 fabricantes de peças e componentes auto em toda a África do Sul e cerca de 150 outros que fornecem esta industria numa base de nao exclusividade. A industria de peças e componentes tem um volume de vendas de 50 bilioes de rands, ou seja cerca de 2% do PIB nacional, e procura crescer bastante mais se o potencial de exportaçoes continuar a aumentar.A África do Sul exportou 30,3 bilioes de rands de peças e componentes auto em 2006, um aumento de 32% relativamente a 2005. Os catalisadores continuaram a ser a peça auto mais exportada, representando quase metade de todas as exportaçoes de peças e componentes.Outros tipos de exportaçoes no sector sao, por exemplo, motores, silenciadores e sistemas de escape, radiadores, rodas e pneus, cobertura de assentos em couro, radios auto e aparelhagens de som, e eixos, sobretudo para camioes pesados.A Alemanha, Espanha, Reino Unido, França e África Subsaariana sao os principais destinos das exportaçoes de peças e componentes sul africanas.Mimados por tanta escolhaEstao a disposiçao umas surpreendentes 1.390 variantes de automoveis, veiculos de recreio e comerciais ligeiros nos expositores de automoveis sul africanos, segundo um relatorio do site Fin24.com.A escolha mais do que duplicou nos ultimos 10 anos. Em 1997, pouco depois da reentrada da Alfa Romeo, Renault e Chevrolet na África do Sul – e quando os sul africanos começaram a gostar do Mahindra, Ssang Yong, Dacia, Kia, Hyundai, Daewoo, Saab e Subaru – havia 37 fabricantes com uma oferta de 595 modelos diferentes.Desde entao, a Bentley, Cadillac, Citroen, Maybach, Mini, Proton, TVR, GWM, Lexus e Tata marcaram a sua liderança no Mercado sul africano, quer de modo independente quer unindo forças com os distribuidores ja existentes e empresas relacionadas com os grupos.No entanto e apesar destas novas entradas, a maioria dos compradores sul africanos tendem a optar por marcas mais conhecidas e estabelecidas no pais ha mais tempo, como e o caso da Toyota, Volkswagen, Fordm, Mazda ou BWM. Estas marcas juntas representam ainda mais de 80% da fatia de mercado dos novos veiculos no pais.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Agosto de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SANational Association of Automobile Component and Allied ManufacturersDepartment of Trade and IndustryGeneral MotorsMercedes Benz South AfricaNissan South AfricaToyota South AfricaBusiness DayEngineering NewsFin24last_img read more

first_imgThe Americans took home 239 medals, including 78 golds. Germany, the second placed country on the medal table, had 13 medals in all, with third-placed Cuba on nine. The country finished 23rd on the medal table. Once more, the USA was number one, with 22 gold medals and a total of 56 medals in all. Germany finished second and Finland third. Four years later, in London, South Africa won its first Olympic medals, with Reggie Walker winning the prestigious 100 metres gold and Charles Hefferon claiming second place in the marathon. South Africa ended 18th on the medal table. The USA finished first, with 45 gold medals and a total of 99. Finland placed second and France third. The country produced a single champion again. Sydney Atkinson, a silver medallist four years earlier, won the gold medal in the 110m hurdles. The men’s pursuit team, made up of Walker, Smith, Kaltenbrun and Harry Goosen added a bronze medal, and tennis player Charles Winslow, the winner of a gold medal in the men’s singles eight years earlier in Stockholm, took home a bronze medal this time around. In terms of gold medals won, the 1912 Stockholm Games rank as the most successful Olympics in South Africa’s history. The only gold medal came from bantamweight boxer William Smith. Having just turned 20, he was the youngest ever Olympic boxing champion. Four years later, after a 28-year break, the Olympic Games returned to the United States and were hosted by Los Angeles. Despite winning just two medals, South Africa placed 14th on the medal table. Eddie Peirce was South Africa’s third medal winner in boxing, with a bronze medal in the middleweight division. Stockholm 1912 Amsterdam 1928 In 1928 the host city was Amsterdam. South Africa, for the first time competing under the its new flag – consisting of background colours of orange, white and blue, with three smaller flags in the centre, the Union Flag, the flag of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal Vierkleur – once again won only three medals. Boxer Harry Isaacs captured bronze in the bantamweight division, while Rhoda Rennie, Frederica van der Goes, Marie Redford and Kathleen Russell teamed up to finish third in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, winning the first ever swimming medal for South Africa, while producing the first ever medal-winning performance from South African women. Clarence Walker won South Africa’s first Olympic boxing gold medal in the bantamweight division. It was the start of a run of success for South African boxers at the Olympics, which led to the sport becoming the country’s most successful medal winner at the Games, apart from athletics. At the top, the USA edged Sweden for the most golds – 25 to 24, but the Swedes captured the most medals – 65 to the USA’s 63. St Louis 1904South Africa first competed in the Olympic Games in St Louis in 1904. Unfortunately, the country failed to win a single medal. That was not really surprising as the squad consisted of only three marathon runners and a tug-of-war team. It was eight years before the Olympic Games were held again because of the First World War. Antwerp in Belgium was the host city. At the age of 19 years and 128 days, Walker remains the youngest 100 metres champion in the history of the Olympics. In terms of total medals won, Antwerp proved to be South Africa’s most successful Games. The 10 medals won stood as a record for the country until it was matched at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. However, that mark has never been bettered. Sydney Atkinson secured the South African team’s only silver medal in the 110m hurdles, while Cecil McMaster completed the list of South African medal winners with a third place in the 10 kilometre walk. South Africa finished 15th on the medal table in Los Angeles. The best performers were Len Tau, who finished ninth in the marathon, while the tug-of-war team ended fifth. The Games were dominated by the USA, which was not surprising as not more than 60 athletes from outside North America are reported to have taken part in the 1904 Games. It would take until 2004 for another South African to match Rudd’s feat of a medal of every colour at an Olympic Games. London 1908 18 July 2012 Great Britain was far and away the most successful team. Its 56 gold medals was more than the total number of medals claimed by the United States, which finished second in the standings with a total of 47 medals, 23 of which were gold. Rudolph Lewis raced to gold in the road cycling event, and continuing the endurance theme, Ken McArthur took victory in the marathon. Christian Gitsham finished second to McArthur, to add another silver medal to that won by Kitson in the tennis. Bevil Rudd, who had served in the First World War and won the Military Cross for bravery, was the star of the team, winning medals of every colour. He was crowned champion in the 400 metres and helped South Africa to second place in the 4x400m relay. He added a bronze medal in the 800 metres. Paris 1924Paris hosted the Olympics in 1924. They were not nearly as successful for South Africa as the Antwerp Games. The hosts, the USA, dominated. Their 41 gold medals exceeded the total number of medals won by the second placed Italian team, and they tallied 103 medals in all. Italy won 12 gold and 36 medals in all, with France finishing in third place. With four gold and two silver medals, South Africa finished in seventh place on the medal table, the best position ever achieved by the country. The team of David Smith, Robert Brodley, Ferdinand Buchanan, George Harvey and Frederick Morgan also claimed silver in the men’s team 600m military rifle event. It remains the only shooting medal ever won by South Africa. Antwerp 1920 Marjorie Clark became the first South African woman to win an athletics medal after finishing third in the 80m hurdles, while Jenny Maakal claimed bronze in the 400m freestyle, making her the first South African woman to win an individual swimming medal at the Olympic Games. There was another South African gold medal in tennis, with Louis Raymond defeating Ichiya Kumagai, who became Japan first ever Olympic medallist, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the men’s singles. With three gold medals, four silvers, and three bronzes, South Africa placed 11th on the medal table. The USA led the way with a total of 95 medals, including 41 golds. Sweden again placed second, with Great Britain in third. Los Angeles 1932 How much do you know about South Africa’s history at the Olympics? When was the country’s best performance? Who are SA’s top Olympians? Check out the records and the trivia in the first of three articles covering the 18 Olympic Games the country has competed in. Two South Africans became Olympic champions. David Carstens continued the country’s success in the boxing ring, lifting the light-heavyweight title after defeating Italian Gino Rossi in the final, while Lawrence Stevens, competing in the lightweight division, defeated Thure Ahlqvist of Sweden to win gold. Tennis player Charles Winslow won gold in the men’s doubles with Harold Kitson. He also beat his doubles partner to win the men’s singles. Cycling produced more success, with Henry Kaltenbrun finishing second in the men’s individual time trial and Wlliam Smith and James Walker ending second in the men’s tandem, an event which was discontinued after the 1972 Munich Olympics. Silver medals went to Bevil Rudd’s relay team-mates Henry Dafel, Clarence Oldfield, and Jack Oosterlaak. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material One might have expected success in the rugby competition, the only one held in Olympic history, but just three teams entered – the USA, France and Romania – with the Americans emerging as the champions.last_img read more

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns celebrates after winning NBA skills competition.KAT SkillsMinnesota Timberwolves rookie sensation Karl-Anthony Towns just captured the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The mega-talented big man knocked off a point guard (Boston’s Isaiah Thomas) in the finals. He took down fellow Kentucky Wildcat Boogie Cousins and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in order to reach the last round. After his win, Towns was mobbed by the other UK players in attendance. Karl-Anthony Towns beats Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge pic.twitter.com/UGoJhvD5Nm— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 14, 2016Man I love the NBA! Best All-star weekend there is haha! Karl Anthony Towns! https://t.co/yVs1EahHeB— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources14) February 14, 2016Keep in mind, this was the first year that front-court players participated in this event. Previously, it had been a guards-only affair. Yup, Towns is really, really good.last_img read more

first_img He pointed out that while there have been some “jitteriness and skittishness” in the market, the country’s tourism partners understand that there is a need to achieve the objective of providing “safe, secure and seamless arrangements” for visitors to the island, which the State of Public Emergency will help to accomplish. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the current State of Public Emergency in St. James is not affecting visitor arrivals to the country. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the current State of Public Emergency in St. James is not affecting visitor arrivals to the country.Speaking at the Prime Minister’s quarterly press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (January 24), the Minister said he and his team are continuing to aggressively market the country as an ideal destination, despite the ongoing security operations.“We are out there (engaging in robust marketing), and we are making the point that Jamaica is being made safer,” he said, adding that booking cancellations are not yet a concern.He pointed out that while there have been some “jitteriness and skittishness” in the market, the country’s tourism partners understand that there is a need to achieve the objective of providing “safe, secure and seamless arrangements” for visitors to the island, which the State of Public Emergency will help to accomplish.The Minister further informed that a comprehensive programme has been developed with the Ministry’s public relations team and partners from the three major markets – the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.“Starting this weekend, I will be proceeding to cover those markets to meet with all our partners, and to ensure that the future bookings (are secured),” he said.He pointed out that while arrivals for the winter season remain strong, the major concern at this time is forward bookings. The aim is, therefore, to shore up bookings for the summer and the fall, “because we are pushing to inch into the five million arrivals this year”.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declared a State of Public Emergency in St. James on Thursday (January 18). It is expected to last for 14 days or longer, but not exceed three months. “We are out there (engaging in robust marketing), and we are making the point that Jamaica is being made safer,” he said, adding that booking cancellations are not yet a concern.last_img read more

first_imgThe 22nd annual Cinema Against AIDS gala raised more than $30 million last week in support of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and its pursuit of a cure for HIV/AIDS.Video: amfAR: The 22nd annual Cinema Against AIDS gala in Antibes, FranceThe star-studded black-tie event, held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, during the Cannes Film Festival, was presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films.Event Chairs included amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Harvey Weinstein, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carine Roitfeld, Isabella Rossellini, Frances McDormand, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Diane Kruger, John C. Reilly, Michel Litvak, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Len Blavatnik, Nayla Hayek, Remo Ruffini, and Vin Roberti.Other guests in attendance, many of whom participated in the evening’s auction included: Antonio Banderas, Matt Bellamy, Andrea Bocelli, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Xavier Dolan, Lily Donaldson, Jourdan Dunn, Michael Fassbender, Tom Ford, David Gandy, Melissa George, Madalina Ghenea, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Lewis Hamilton, Eva Herzigova, Chanel Iman, Kendall Jenner, Harvey Keitel, Karlie Kloss, Zoe Kravitz, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, Eva Longoria, Sienna Miller, Petra Nemcova, Rita Ora, Barbara Palvin, Michelle Rodriguez, Irina Shayk, Paolo Sorrentino, Dita Von Teese, Mario Testino, Robin Thicke, Chris Tucker, Alicia Vikander, Binx Walton, and Lindsey Wixson, among many others.The undisputed highlight of the evening’s live auction, led by auctioneer Simon de Pury, was a stunning 18½ foot tall sculpture by Jeff Koons, titled Coloring Book. This magnificent artwork was on display at the Hôtel du Cap for guests to admire against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. After a lively round of bidding, the work, part of Koons’s Celebration Series, sold for over $13 million.Another outstanding work by one of the world’s best known artists, legendary Columbian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, was also on display throughout the event. Titled Donna su Cavallo, and introduced by John C. Reilly and Eva Herzigova, the statue went for $2.2 million.Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan introduced an exquisite bespoke diamond necklace, designed exclusively for amfAR and Cinema Against AIDS by Harry Winston in recognition of their new milestone partnership with amfAR. Recalling the teardrop silhouette of the famed Taylor-Burton diamond, the necklace was comprised of 191 round brilliant and marquise diamonds and weighed in at 33 carats. Titled “Epic Cluster,” it was purchased by a winning bidder for $500,000.A work by Banksy, the world’s most famous and mysterious street artist, was donated to the auction by Leonardo DiCaprio from his private collection and sold for over $1 million. Titled Smiling Copper on Cardboard, it was introduced by Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Mr. DiCaprio also contributed a one-of-kind experience to the auction by offering a seat at his table at the upcoming gala for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in St. Tropez. The surprise package, which also included a private dinner with Mr. DiCaprio, sold for $280,000.A stunning feature of the evening was a Black and White fashion show curated by longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld. The dazzling collection featured one-of-a-kind looks, half in black, half in white, from the world’s most celebrated fashion houses. Participating designers included Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Gucci, Prada, Céline, Balmain, Giorgio Armani, and Tom Ford, among others. Forty of the world’s top models participated in the runway presentation, including Event Co-Chairs , Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, and Karolina Kurkova, as well as Barbara Palvin, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Binx Walton, Chanel Iman, Izabel Goulart, and Lily Donaldon, among others.The Black and White collection was subsequently auctioned off in its entirety by Tom Ford and Eva Longoria, selling for nearly $1 million.For the second year in a row, internationally acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli donated a dinner for 12 people at his private residence, either on the coast of Tuscany or in Miami Beach. Auctioned by Chris Tucker and Petra Nemcova, the lot sold twice for over $1 million each. To give the winners a sneak peek of the intimate performance they would be treated to as part of the experience, Mr. Bocelli took to the stage for a moving, impromptu performance of “Por Ti Volare.”The unforgettable evening also featured live performances by internationally renowned musical acts. Grammy-nominated British pop sensation Charli XCX kicked off the evening with an explosive performance of her top hits “Break the Rules” and “Boom Clap”. Multi-platinum selling and nine-time Grammy Award-winner Mary J. Blige got the crowd on their feet with a performance of her classic hit “Family Affair.” The evening culminated in an electrifying performance by Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, who performed hits such as “It’s Time,” “Demons,” and “Radioactive.”In other highlights of the auction: • A priceless pencil drawing by Pablo Picasso titled “L’Etreinte,” signed and dated by the artist, sold for $800,000. • An Andy Warhol portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, amfAR’s Founding International Chairman, sold to Eva Longoria for $600,000. • An untitled work by one of the most acclaimed and influential artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder, auctioned off by Frances McDormand, also sold for $600,000. • The final auction lot of the evening was a private portrait sitting with legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino. Taking the stage with top models Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Jourdan Dunn, Mr. Testino helped sell the experience for nearly $1,000,000.In his remarks, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole acknowledged the enormous success of Cinema Against AIDS in generating funds to advance amfAR’s AIDS research programs. “With your help,” said Cole, “we have recently mounted an all-out effort to find a cure for AIDS, and are poised to write the final chapter on this deadly epidemic.”Cinema Against AIDS 22 was presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films. The Weinstein Company was Signature Sponsor. MoëtHennessy is amfAR’s Official Wine and Spirits Partner. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.After the Cinema Against AIDS dinner, guests were invited to an exclusive After Party presented by Moncler featuring DJ Mark Ronson, whose latest hit “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars spent 14 consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.Since amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS in 1993, the event has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by amfAR Global Campaign Chair Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, Demi Moore, and Madonna, among many others.amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $140 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. Additionally, amfAR recently launched “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. “Countdown to a Cure” is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next five years.last_img read more

OSU competes in a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For the LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team had it’s toughest game of the season against No. 17 Minnesota, and was unable to hang on in five sets.The Buckeyes won the first set before losing the next two and the final frame (25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 29-27, 12-15).In the first set, the Golden Gophers got off to a 5-2 lead, but a 11-4 run by the Buckeyes helped OSU to take the first set.In the second set, the Gophers had all the momentum from the beginning, as they took a 7-3 lead, but the Buckeyes would rally back multiple times in the beginning of the match, before the Gophers took control after a 12-12 tie.After intermission, the Buckeyes came out and fell victim to a Gopher 6-0 run, however the Buckeyes would come back. While they had chances to tie, they could never overcome the one-point deficit and the Gophers eventually took a 2-1 lead.The Buckeyes found a way to win the crucial fourth set, as they survived four match points to avoid defeat and tie the match up at two apiece.The final kill of the fourth set came from sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall, where she was able to give the Buckeyes the only two-point lead of the set that mattered.After coming off a set in which neither team led by more than two, the Gophers and Buckeyes continued to fight out for the final game. The Gophers would gain their largest lead of the game with their final point, winning their third and clinching set 15-12.Three Buckeye seniors led both teams in multiple categories. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 58 and was tied for the lead in service aces with two. She also added six digs. Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger led all players with 21 kills and added nine digs. Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner led all players in digs with 14.Junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson led the team in blocks with nine. Richardson added seven kills and a block, while Randall added 10 kills and three digs.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face No. 5 Wisconsin on Sunday. The match is set for 2 p.m. read more